The BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC) and the SD57 District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) have been busy gathering information and interpreting it for parents regarding September’s Restart Plan. Yes, school will be different in September. Different than last September, different than last April (after Spring Break), and different than the restart in June.
We understand that you have a hard decision to make:
1) Send kids back to school full-time.
2) Register for distributed learning.
3) Switch to homeschooling. See info article here.
Each option has its pros and cons and families have diverse needs that will affect their decisions. This will not be easy, but as long as your children are getting an education, there are no wrong decisions.
DPAC has collected updates for parents on a dedicated website page here: http://sd57dpac.ca/covid-19-updates/
We recommend 2 recent posts:
1) K-12 Schools are in Stage 2 (July 29)
2) Seeking PAC and Parent Feedback (Aug 14)
Here is some info from the BCCPAC Letter to Members (Aug 13) here.
Admin are back in schools starting tomorrow Aug 17 and the hard work starts… developing a plan… which will change! DPAC was consulted on the plan when students returned in June, and felt that it was solid. We are confident that SD57 will put a strong plan forward on Aug 21 for approval by the Ministry of Education and PHO.
We need PARENT and PAC input! Please comment on your thoughts regarding safety protocols being put in place and feedback on education and social-emotional supports required for your children.
The Public Health Office has released this guidance document for safety in Schools.
If you feel that the safety protocols are not sufficient, or there are medical conditions for your child or family where your Physician has recommended you self-isolate, the other option is Distributed Learning. But there are many options that need to be researched and discussed with your School Admin before deciding.
Finally, DPAC is meeting regularly with SD57 and will provide updates in the coming weeks regarding the Restart Plan. We need parents and PACs to be active and advocating for our students! Please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!